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On Sunday 16 April, Turkey went through the most controversial and questionable referendum in its history. The constitutional amendments which were to give President Erdogan dictatorial powers, including the authority to dissolve the parliament, were brought to a referendum. Officially, the “Yes” side narrowly won, with 51 percent of the vote. By means of the...

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Attacks ratchet-up Syrian conflict and fuel tensions between powers  |US President Donald Trump’s decision to launch missile attacks against the Shayrat air base, in Syria, ratcheted up the long running conflict in Syria and dangerously fuelled tensions between the US and Russia and Iran, and also with North Korea and China. It will also significantly...

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Vote ‘NO’ gains momentum If the referendum called by the Justice and Development Party (AKP) government results in a ‘NO’ (‘HAYIR’) vote, on 16 April, it will be a massive blow to the regime and a boost for the struggle of the young and the poor for a better life. Such an outcome would constitute...

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In the Socialist (paper of the Socialist Party) in 2007, Socialist Party (CWI in England & Wales) general secretary Peter Taaffe analysed the lessons of February for the working class today and how the leadership of the Bolshevik party, particularly Lenin and Trotsky, was decisive in ensuring the victory of the revolution in October. This...

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Joint declaration of the CWI’s IEC and Izquierda Revolucionaria’s IEC In September 2016, we published a brief declaration after holding an initial meeting between our two organisations – a very fruitful meeting which revealed a broad agreement, politically and in terms of our methods of building a revolutionary party. In this meeting, we agreed to...

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  New movements for change will need to arm themselves with the lessons of the Syrian tragedy The military victory in Aleppo by Assad’s regime and its foreign backers was a turning point in the war in Syria. It has put the Syrian government once more in formal control of the country’s main urban centres....

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The antidote against war, terror and exploitation. The two terror attacks in Ankara within a month not only took many innocent lives but also played into the hands of Erdoğan’s regime, as they rendered the Kurdish people’s demands for freedom and their struggle against the regime disreputable. In terms of the methods used and their...

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Crises for refugees – and the EU – continues The European Union is now closing the doors to refugees. Those who make it to Greece will be deported back to Turkey. The road along the western Balkans is blocked. But the war and the suffering of all those who are forced to flee continues, as...

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Defend the right to strike! Sosyalist Alternatif, CWI in Turkey In the metal industry, a collective bargaining process took place between the MESS (‘Turkish Metal Producers Union’ – the bosses’ organisation) and three metal-workers’ unions: Birleşik Metal-Iş, Turk Metal and Celik-Iş. Both Turk Metal and Celik-Iş, which are yellow unions, made an agreement with the...

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For democratic working people’s defence and mass struggle against capitalism The canton of Kobanê, which is part of Rojava, has been under siege since 16 September and has become one of the centre points of resistance to the advance of ISIS. A lot of news is coming in about defenders of Kobanê taking the wind...

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